In the time since the Wonderful world of Walt swapped cash for Kermit and acquired Jim Henson’s The Muppets, the long-running, sometimes brilliant puppet brigade have had more comebacks than Mickey Rourke and John Travolta combined.
The most successful of the recent “Muppet” relaunches was in 2011, with James Bobin wearing the captain hat and Jason Segel and Amy Adams starring alongside the late Henson’s creations in a sweet, funny feel-good feature film relaunch. A 2014 sequel, “Muppets Most Wanted”, and a short-lasting sitcom “The Muppets” (ABC) didn’t quite hit. Ever since, the Muppets have been seemingly kept in mothballs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney are about to attempt to relaunch the Muppets again. The plan, at this stage, is for Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie & co to return to TV – where they’ll front a new series on Disney’s new streaming service. The search is now underway for a writer.
The Disney streaming service is going to be quite the hot ticket. In addition to the new Muppets series, they’ll have a live-action “Star Wars” series, a reboot of the “High School Musical” franchise, a series based on the “Mighty Ducks” series, a new incarnation of “Monster’s Inc” and remakes of classic movie hits “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, “The Parent Trap” and “Father of the Bride”. At this stage, the service doesn’t have a name.